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Island Princess Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1147 reviews
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Review for Island Princess to the Mexican Riviera
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Sail Date: Sep 2008

We drove from our home in Sherman Oaks, CA on 9/25, 1PM and were in our cabin in less then 1/2 hour! Terrific check in (fast & courteous). Even our bags arrived in a timely manner. We were in cabin B326 (Baja Deck 11 - Veranda Cabin). The cabin was small but well equipped with more then enough storage space - clean and well maintained with a terrific steward by the name of CHAI. The bed and bedding was exceptionally comfortable. Only compliant was the "tiny" shower. If one weighs more then 89 pounds he/she would "meet yourself coming and going". The staff in all areas of the ship were extremely helpful, courteous and bent over backwards to make sure we and all guests were happy and well taken care of. One of the best crews we have sailed with in a long time. Princess has come a long way in this area if all of their other ships treat the passengers as we were treated on the Island Princess. Regarding Dining - we chose "anytime dining" - as far as we were concerned the name means nothing since after the first evening if one did not have a "standing" reservation/time it was difficult to just arrive for dinner and get a table. The service, on the other hand was outstanding and, even though the food was just ok, the food presentation was very creative and well displayed when served - just that the quality was not there. We ate most breakfasts and lunches in the Horizon Court Buffet and the selections were numerous - and service very good - just, once again the quality of the food, especially the tough meat dishes was poor. The Grill on Deck 15 made very good hamburgers, chicken burgers, pizza etc. There was plenty of entertainment in the evenings to choose from - nothing exceptional but enough of a variety from musicians, musicals, singers and dancers etc....to please most of the people. They all worked hard to make their shows good and that was appreciated. The comedians were very funny and were some of the best shows.

We have been on many shore excursions so we only got off of the ship at each port to walk around. We did take a tour of some of the sites and homes in Acapulco and that was very good as well as the city tour in Cabo San Lucus. We could not get off the ship for any of the two Panama City night tours - they were cancelled. We had to by pass Puerto Vallarta because the captain wanted to "go around" Hurricane Norbert. We did miss the Hurricane but for two days the seas were pretty rough. We had other excitement such as a large row boat with outboard motors in distress in the middle of the sea - but the captain turned the ship around and checked to see that the two sailors were just out of gas and notified the coast guard to come and help them out. We also had a medical emergency which also was handled very well by us having the sick passenger taken off the ship outside of Puerto Vallarta by another small boat.

The internet service was very "spotty" and the connection came and went. I have been on this ship before and the internet and the cable TV comes and goes........

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